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Our Board Members

Thelma Straight, Chair

Thelma Straight

Mississippi native Thelma F. Straight has published two oral histories, “The Stories My Foremothers Told Me,” conversations with women of color who witnessed the Civil Rights Movement in the Deep South, and “All You Could See Was the Water,” conversations with children who witnessed Hurricane Katrina. Ms. Straight’s work with children who survived Katrina prompted the University of Virginia to invite her to speak at their inaugural symposium on race and society: In Katrina’s Wake: Racial Implications of the New Orleans Disaster.”  Ms. Straight also was invited to speak at the University of Mississippi, commemorating Black History and Women’s History months.  Articles about her have appeared in Women’s Digest, The Florida Times-Union, and Mississippi Press among other places. She has been interviewed on television (First Coast News, Campus Connection, Memphis Morning Show, and The 4 O’clock Show) and National Public Radio, its Jacksonville and Tampa affiliates. Ms. Straight also worked with NPR’s StoryCorps, as part of their Griot Storytelling Initiative. Some of her interviews for this oral history project are archived in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. These interviews also are part of her ongoing oral history project, “Black Men in America.” In addition to writing books, T.F. Straight conducts workshops on memoir writing and on the importance of storytelling.
Thelma is a certified Florida teacher,  currently teaching creative writing, grammar, storytelling, and literature.  

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Lauren Pfanenstiel, Vice Chair

Marvin C. Kloeppell (Mark), Treasurer

Marvin C. Kloeppell (Mark)

Mark first joined Fisher, Tousey, Leas & Ball in 2003; from 2008 through 2012, Mark worked as a tax attorney for a Fortune 300 company and returned to Fisher, Tousey, Leas and Ball in 2012.

Mark has a diverse tax practice, and represents individuals and businesses on a variety of legal matters. Mark’s focus is on closely held businesses; he represents a number of entrepreneurs, physician practices, real estate investors, automobile dealers and other business owners and their businesses. He has helped many successful business owners with succession planning and represented clients in buying or selling businesses, including the sales of businesses to public companies.

WORK EXPERIENCE

Formation and selection of business entities.  General corporate governance.  Acquisition and disposition of businesses.  Acquisition and disposition of tax credits.  Restructuring of businesses, including the liquidation and dissolution of businesses.  Structuring mergers and other forms of tax-free consolidations. Assisting owners with business succession planning as part of their overall estate plan to ensure a successful business will be retained within their family.  Provide businesses with general legal advice and representation, including negotiation of contracts and employment agreement, representation with respect to financings, real estate acquisitions, and regulatory compliance issues.  Works with taxpayers to resolve tax disputes with the IRS and state tax authorities.

 

AREAS OF PRACTICE

 

Tax Planning

Tax Controversy

Business Planning

Business Acquisitions and Dispositions

Tax Credits

Captive Insurance Companies

Healthcare Transactions

Employment Agreements

EDUCATION AND CREDENTIALS

New York University School of Law (L.L.M, Taxation, 2000)

University of Virginia School of Law (J.D. 1999)

University of Virginia (B.A., 1996)

Florida Bar Board Certified Tax Lawyer

AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Editor, Virginia Tax Review, 1997-1999

Graduate Editor, New York University Journal of International Law and Politics, 1999-2000

BAR ADMISSIONS

Florida

Virginia

Georgia

MEMBERSHIPS

Florida Bar Tax Certification Committee

American Bar Association

The Florida Bar

The Virginia Bar

The Georgia Bar

Jacksonville Bar Association

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Franklin Young, Secretary

Jasmine Dukes

Jason Stamey

Carolyn Solomon

Dr. Shaun Powell

Taryn Wharwood

Our Advisory Board Members

MaryAnne Aycock

Colleen Rodriquez

Willie Martin